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sunhappy
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retisert implant

Post by sunhappy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:50 pm

Has anyone had the implant Retisert injected into their eye to help control the inflammation caused by uveitis? I am HLAB27+.

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Re: retisert implant

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:16 pm

usually the retisert implant is used when steroid sparing approaches to treatment have failed to do the job. if you haven't had input by an Ocular Immunologist/uveitis specialist I highly recommend that you do so. when steroid is placed into the eye it can easily cause cataracts and glaucoma to occur. the surgery is very expensive as well to do the implant. Tell me where you live and I'll suggest an Uveitis specialist nearest to you for a consultation.

wishing you the very best,
Mike
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Re: retisert implant

Post by sunhappy » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:58 pm

Hi MIke, I see Dr. Conway an Opthamologist here in Phoenix, AZ, and had a 2nd opinion by Dr. Ursea in Tucson, AZ. I have been receiving Kenelog injections for over 2 years and seem to always have inflammation. As a matter of fact I just got an injection today, and they seem to last 6 - 8 weeks. My last injection was in June. I also had a shunt inserted into my eye by Dr. Zimmerman my glaucoma specialist due to the rise in pressure the injections have caused. I stay on Predforte every 2 hours, I have tried Prednisone pills, Humira and Imuran all at once at times and they could never totally control the inflammation. Dr. Conway is looking into what avenue to take next, Ozurdex or Retisert.
Hope to hear from you soon. Grace

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Re: retisert implant

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:24 am

can you get to Salt Lake City to see DR Albert Vitale or to Denver to See DR Eric Letko for a consultation?

wish you the best,
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Re: retisert implant

Post by sunhappy » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:56 pm

Sure, I would open to travel to either state. I have some vacation time coming up and would love hear another doctors view.

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Re: retisert implant

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:33 pm

Erik Letko, MD
Corneal Consultants of Colorado
8381 Southpark Lane
Littleton, CO 80120
tel: 303 730 0404, fax: 303 730 6163
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Re: retisert implant

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:36 pm

Albert T. Vitale, MD Background Publications Textbook
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Uveitis Service
John A. Moran Eye Center
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Tel: (801) 581-6586 | Fax: (801) 581-3357
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Re: retisert implant

Post by Mike Bartolatz » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:37 pm

Joseph Tauber, MD Background Publications
4400 Broadway, Suite 202
Kansas City, MO 64111
Tel: (816) 531-9100 | Fax: (816) 531-9105 | Email
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